Bloomington-Normal is a community that is rich in recovery resources; there is a very strong recovering community present. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a self-help group for individuals who think they have a problem with alcohol and have a desire to stop drinking. Al-Anon is a self-help group for individuals who have a friend, family member, or loved one who has an addiction.
Sundays (currently suspended due to the pandemic), 10:30 a.m., Sunday Morning Eye-opener, BroMenn Medical Center Conference Center, 1304 Franklin Avenue, Normal (open meeting, closed meeting, discussion, big book, non-smoking, accessible for a person with disabilities; brunch is at 9:30 a.m.)
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., The Welcome Home Group, 900 Franklin Avenue, Normal, IL (open meeting, no smoking)
Fridays, 7 p.m., Winners and Beginners, BroMenn Medical Center Conference Center, 1304 Franklin Avenue, Normal (open meeting, non-smoking, accessible for a person with disabilities)
Saturdays, 7 p.m., Winners and Beginners, BroMenn Medical Center Conference Center, 1304 Franklin Avenue, Normal (open meeting, non-smoking, accessible for a person with disabilities)
SMART Recovery focuses on any form of addiction and uses cognitive-behavioral tools that focus on our motivations, thoughts, and behaviors to elicit growth.
Wednesdays, 7:30–8:30p.m., virtual meeting, get Zoom link on Smart Recovery website.
Celebrate Recovery is a faith-based support group that deals with substance concerns, sexual addiction, codependency, unhealthy relationships, food issues, anger/resentment, self-injury, gambling, mental health concerns, and more.
Tuesdays, 7–9 p.m., First Assembly Church of God, 800 E. Vernon Avenue, Normal (large and small group meetings)
Wednesdays, 5:15 p.m., Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S. Cottage Avenue, Fellowship Area, Normal
Saturdays, 10 a.m., Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S. Cottage Avenue, Fellowship Area, Normal
An abundance of other meetings exist in the local community, especially if a student has access to transportation options; most are within two to three miles of campus. To view more local options, please visit:
Al-Anon: (309) 827-7426
William White published a multiple pathways of recovery guide that documents the diverse ways in which people enter and remain in recovery. Many options exist, including a variety of self-help options (i.e. 12-Step, Recovery Dharma, Refuge Recovery, Women for Sobriety, LifeRing, Phoenix Multisport, Wellbriety, White Bison, Moderation Management). While some of these options are not yet present in our community, there are many virtual meetings, as well as meetings at other universities and colleges (email RecoveryForRedbirds@IllinoisState.edu to get connected with collegiate meetings, as they are not publically listed).
The guide also gives information about Medication-Assisted Recovery (MAR) and other professional treatment resources.